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Coronet Instructional Films

Coronet Instructional Films were shown in American schools starting in about 1941. The company was an offshoot of Coronet Magazine, a digest-sized magazine that itself was owned by Esquire, Inc. Owner David Smart was deeply interested in visual education and the power of the film to teach and convince, and built a full studio on his estate in Glenview, Illinois, where at its height hundreds of films were cranked out each year. The films were sold to schools and libraries by a network of distributors and were quite successful -- in 1976 Coronet celebrated its sale of 1 million prints. Most Coronet films were shot in Kodachrome, but Kodachrome prints of many titles are quite rare. It was cheaper to purchase black-and-white prints, and most sales were black-and-white. For more Coronet history, see Ken Smith's excellent book "Mental Hygiene," published by Blast Books (www.blastbooks.com).

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Title
Date Archived
Creator
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
5.7M
16
2
How young children must behave to avoid transmitting germs to one another.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Health and hygiene
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
541,306
32
5
How exercise will make you healthy and popular.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: Health and hygiene, Exercise
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
342,606
27
7
Drama focusing on gluttony and "hidden hunger," where well-nourished people eat poorly and malnourish themselves.
( 7 reviews )
Topics: Nutrition, Food, Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
280,548
38
6
Siblings Don and Sue show how they keep themselves well groomed throughout the school week and for their Friday night dates.
( 6 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Health and hygiene
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
247,906
134
50
One of the best examples of post-World War II social guidance films, with examples of "good" and "bad" girls, proper and improper dating etiquette, courtesy to parents, and an analysis of what makes some people popular and others not. A scream and a sobering document of postwar conformity. Director: Ted Peshak. Cinematography: Bill Rockar. Writers: Robert Chapin and Patricia Kealy. Editor: George Wilbern. Educational adviser: Dr. Alice Sowers, Director, Family Life Institute...
( 50 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers, Gender roles
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
146,052
100
23
Classic instructional film for teen daters, presented here in the rare (but incomplete) Kodachrome version.
( 23 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Dating, Gender roles
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
113,255
27
9
A bad-mannered 14-year-old meets himself as a young man of 21, and learns the fundamentals of good table manners.
( 9 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance: Etiquette, Children
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
112,672
14
7
Dramatizes the story of a father, who, after finding himself at a loss for words at a public meeting, follows his son's lead and starts a campaign of vocabulary improvement.
( 7 reviews )
Topics: Literacy, Words, Self-improvement
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
101,173
56
20
Educational film on the Cold War conflict.
( 20 reviews )
Topics: Cold War, Communism
Coronet Instructional Films
150
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88,473
VIEWS
88,473
Coronet Instructional Films were shown in American schools starting in about 1941. The company was an offshoot of Coronet Magazine, a digest-sized magazine that itself was owned by Esquire, Inc. Owner David Smart was deeply interested in visual education and the power of the film to teach and convince, and built a full studio on his estate in Glenview, Illinois, where at its height hundreds of films were cranked out each year. The films were sold to schools and libraries by a network of...
Prelinger Archives
by Crawley Films
70,101
76
15
How far can young people go in petting and still stay within the bounds of personal standards and social mores?
( 15 reviews )
Topics: Sex education, Teenagers, Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
59,094
26
17
Jim, an emotionally immature teen, learns to evaluate his personality and to better work out his problems.
( 17 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
51,064
51
19
Two teenagers, wishing to marry early, visit their minister for advice and receive counseling, some of it quite pragmatic, the rest a little strange.
( 19 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Marriage, Gender roles
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
44,674
39
13
Attempts to provoke teens into discussion on the complex issue of going steady. Provides little support for the practice.
( 13 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers, Social guidance: Dating
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
43,787
38
15
Phil (Dick York), new in his high school, follows his father's suggestion and observes the most popular students to determine what makes them popular. By offering to help others he becomes popular himself and sheds his shyness.
( 15 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
40,238
40
13
A high school senior learns how and where to ask a girl for a date, where to take her for a good time, and how to avoid spending too much money or being bored by commercialized amusements. Director: Ted Peshak. Cameraman: Dale Sharkey. Writers: George Tychsen, Bradford. Editor: Dick Kirschner. Narrator: George Stone.
( 13 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Dating, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
34,633
50
14
Shows teenagers how to plan and attend a party, suggesting games to play and songs to sing ("Jimmy Crack Corn").
( 14 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance: Etiquette, Celebrations, Parties
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
30,798
29
6
Flashback on the problems, adjustments and transformations occurring in the first year of a couple's married life.
( 6 reviews )
Topics: Marriage, Gender roles
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
21,707
24
6
Gives students a basis for thinking clearly about real love and shows that mere conviction of love is not enough to insure lasting happiness. A drama.
( 6 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology, Marriage
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
21,055
32
10
Follows a young woman through her clerical training and job search. Shows pre-World War II offices and office workers, primarily women. One of Coronet's earliest educational films.
( 10 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Occupations: Clerical, Gender roles
Prelinger Archives
20,800
20
11
Discusses rules and stresses the point that rules are ways of making life more pleasant, smooth and safe. SHOWS EVERYDAY SCENES IN WHICH RULES INFLUENCE OUR BEHAVIOR. SHOWS WAYS NEW STUDENT CAN LEARN RULES, WHY EXCEPTIONS CAN'T BE GRANTED.
( 11 reviews )
Topics: Motion Pictures: In Education, Social Guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
20,126
13
4
Boy uses his radio equipment to demonstrate how sound is produced and transmitted.
( 4 reviews )
Topic: Perception: Sound
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
20,125
32
6
How to say no to unwanted smoking, drinking and petting, and still keep your friends.
( 6 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Gender roles, Social guidance: Etiquette
Prelinger Archives
by Wilding Picture Productions
19,752
26
7
Dick York plays a Navy recruit who must learn to tackle his insomnia.
( 7 reviews )
Topics: Health and hygiene, Sleep
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
19,136
22
5
Views of the Territory of Alaska.
( 5 reviews )
Topic: Alaska
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
18,178
20
6
How to make the most of your free time.
( 6 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
18,090
32
7
Eurocentric view of the plantation system and its effect on Southern U.S. culture.
( 7 reviews )
Topics: Race relations, Ethnography: U.S.: South, African Americans
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
17,835
24
9
Mr. Williams drops off to sleep for a few minutes to find himself confronted with a world in which Congress has been suspended and federal authority dissolved.
( 9 reviews )
Topics: Political science, Surrealism, Anti-statism
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
17,711
29
5
Well-balanced emotions help to create a well-rounded personality, especially in teenagers.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
16,897
16
7
Following the journey of a five-dollar bill through many transactions, the film shows how money functions as a standard of value and future payment, a storehouse of value and a convenient medium of exchange.
( 7 reviews )
Topic: Economics
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
16,568
14
5
How a child learns to return borrowed items, keep promises and fulfill assignments.
( 5 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
16,505
20
6
Shows how feelings of self-consciousness keep a high school boy from doing his classwork well or making friends easily.
( 6 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
16,296
17
8
Impossible drama proving that proper management of schedules, responsibilities, privileges and finances leads to a happier home.
( 8 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
15,380
17
8
Social guidance film for young children suggesting that they take their noise out to the playground.
( 8 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
15,029
14
3
Korean War-era film encouraging high school boys to use the physical training, health and recreational resources of their communities so as to be ready for military service.
( 3 reviews )
Topics: Korean War, Health and hygiene, Athletics
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
14,926
17
7
Assessing the behavior of a juvenile delinquent who refuses to rat on his companions.
( 7 reviews )
Topic: Juvenile delinquency
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
14,586
21
13
Nick cannot plan ahead, but is convinced to do so after imagining himself as a drifter or a bum.
( 13 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Morality, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
14,125
26
4
A group of teenagers on a high-school radio program discuss just what capitalism is, seizing onto the example of the butcher who supplies the weenies for their picnic. With Mickey Hugh (Ray Bennett); Franklyn Ferguson (John Howell). Educational Collaborator: James Harvey Dodd, Ph.D., Head, Department of Economics and Business Administration, Mary Washington College, University of Virginia.
( 4 reviews )
Topic: Economics
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
13,752
14
5
A high school boy primarily concerned with automobiles, dates, and parties learns from his father's example that ideals are really based on honesty, sincerity, and good sportsmanship.
( 5 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
13,362
11
3
Compares daily activities of a secretary with those of a stenographer.
( 3 reviews )
Topic: Occupations: Clerical
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
13,169
21
6
Family values in action bring happiness and concord.
( 6 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Families, Amateur films
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
13,160
12
2
Coronet Instructional Films (a division of Esquire Inc.) presents Banks and Credit. Educational collaborator James Harvey Dodd, PhD., Professor of Economics and Business Administration, Mary Washington College at University of Virginia
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Motion Pictures: In Education, Occupations: Banking Industry, Economics, Finance
Prelinger Archives
by Centron Productions
13,033
14
6
Jim leaves the gang after it attacks his father, and joins other teenagers at City Hall to argue against the imposition of a curfew. Drama filmed in Lawrence, Kansas.
( 6 reviews )
Topics: Juvenile delinquency, Social guidance, Crime and criminals
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
12,997
12
7
Social guidance film for teenagers encouraging insight into the motives, tastes and desires of others.
( 7 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
12,839
14
4
Teenager and parents in conflict learn to develop mutual understanding.
( 4 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Families, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Southern Educational Film Production Service
12,531
27
8
Everyday aspects of mental health in an African American community in Gainesville, Georgia.
( 8 reviews )
Topics: African Americans, Children, Psychology
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
12,306
20
5
What you need to do to stay employed: choose the right job, get along with colleagues, maintain positive attitude, etc.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: Occupations: Vocational training, Social guidance, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
12,003
16
7
How teenagers can cultivate good manners by manifesting a real desire to get along with others.
( 7 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
11,876
26
4
Everyday incidents at school and at play teach Alice, Jerry and Eddie to resolve conflicts by compromise, by obeying rules, by finding facts, or finding opinions.
( 4 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Children, Conflict resolution
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
11,515
21
5
Courtesy in connection with invitations, telephone conversations, introductions and entertaining guests.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
11,234
27
3
Explains how the United States came to be a diversely populated nation.
( 3 reviews )
Topics: Diversity, Patriotism, Immigration
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
10,744
12
3
Demonstrates how self-confidence and right attitudes are necessary to good health.
( 3 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Health and hygiene, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
10,737
25
2
Biology teacher explains emotions, voluntary and involuntary behavior.
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology, Psychology: Emotions
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
10,586
20
7
Dramatic film offering instruction in basic social graces.
( 7 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
10,393
14
5
For teenagers, honesty can come easy or hard, depending on the stakes.
( 5 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
10,050
11
5
Social guidance film showing how necessary self-reliance is to all successful endeavors and happiness.
( 5 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Gil Altschul
9,745
11
6
Ken and three friends steal boards to make backstop for baseball field. Ken suffers from guilt & sees family lawyer who helps him develop respect for laws. Ken then helps other boys settle accounts with the construction company. Explains the importance of law in keeping order in a society. Shows that respect for the law is developed by a realization that law represents accumulated wisdom, that it is in harmony with laws of nature and that it is necessary to prevent trouble. Director: Gil...
( 6 reviews )
Topic: need keyword
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
9,616
14
5
How Bill overcomes his fear of the water through understanding its sources.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology
Prelinger Archives
9,602
7
2
Discusses the values of friendships and how to make and keep friends.
( 2 reviews )
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
9,538
6
1
Korean War-era film points out that military service should be understood as part of citizenship and that training in the everyday duties of citizenship is a part of the preparation for military service.
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Korean War, Citizenship
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
9,335
11
3
Dick York plays a high-school track star whose running lags because of his lack of sleep.
( 3 reviews )
Topics: Health and hygiene, Sleep, Athletics
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
9,115
14
9
Uses the story of teens trying to extend the hours of their "Teen Canteen" as a vehicle for explaining customs, moral codes, and laws.
( 9 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Law, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
8,949
7
7
How a strong family group helps teenagers learn to form strong friendships.
( 7 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
8,849
12
8
Instructs children how to care for toys, clothing and other property; to have a definite place to keep belongings, and how to store and handle possessions properly.
( 8 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
8,770
13
2
Hydroelectric power, shipping, irrigation and salmon fishing.
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Geography: U.S.: Pacific Northwest, Rivers: Western U.S., Environment
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
8,705
15
8
Modern-day moral tale resembling Ben Franklin's autobiography.
( 8 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Morality, Economics
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
8,650
15
8
While a teenage brother and sister write a thank-you note to their grandmother after visiting her on vacation, we learn the five parts of a friendly letter and more about why and how to write one.
( 8 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance: Etiquette, Communication: Writing, Communication: Postal
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
8,620
7
2
High school students anticipate and prepare for the military draft.
( 2 reviews )
Topics: Korean War, Military: Draft, Cold War
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
8,144
12
5
Discusses why an achievement-conscious boy becomes emotionally upset when he fails to get an expected 'A' in a history course.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
8,063
17
5
Shows the agriculture, trade and infrastructure of California's Central Valley, all made possible by irrigation.
( 5 reviews )
Topics: California: History and culture, California: Central Valley
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
8,046
7
4
Sharing, taking turns and obeying rules are the basic elements of fair play.
( 4 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette
Prelinger Archives
7,990
10
4
A dramatization which explains the essential purposes of money as a medium of exchange, analyzes factors which affect the value of the dollar, and shows the effects of rising prices on people with various types of income.
( 4 reviews )
Topic: need keyword
Prelinger Archives
by Handy (Jam) Organization
7,928
5
4
Problems of underfunded and outdated schools.
( 4 reviews )
Topic: Education
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
7,903
8
1
How sportsmanship enriches daily living: a lesson for teens.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
Prelinger Archives
by Coronet Instructional Films
7,553
19
3
Cold War-era treatise on globalization.
( 3 reviews )
Topics: Globalization, Economics